Johnson & Johnson has confirmed reports it identified a batch of COVID-19 vaccines that didn’t meet its quality standards and as a result destroyed them. The batch hadn’t yet advanced to the filling and finishing stages, but the company said it’s evidence of how rigorous its quality control is.
“The start-up for a new process includes test runs and quality checks to ensure manufacturing is validated and the end product meets our high-quality standards,” Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday. “The issue was identified and addressed with Emergent and shared with the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).”
As a result, Johnson & Johnson will provide Emergent Biosolutions’ Bayview Facility with more experts in manufacturing, technical operations and quality to supervise and direct the manufacturing of the vaccine. The facility hasn’t yet produced any of Johnson & Johnson’svaccine currently being distributed in the US.
“In coordination with the US Department of Health & Human Services, these steps will enable us to safely deliver an additional 24 million single-shot vaccine doses through April,” Johnson & Johnson said, adding it aims to deliver 100 million single-shot vaccines by the end of May.
Johnson & Johnson’s comments follow a report earlier Wednesday by The New York Times saying around 15 million doses had been accidentally ruined by human error after workers in the facility mixed ingredients incorrectly, with shipments of the vaccine delayed as a result.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced, and that the majority of Americans will have a vaccination site within five miles of their home. Biden had previously said .
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